[Marxism] Fwd: The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic – LobeLog

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Mar 11 07:21:35 MDT 2018

The European New Right (ENR), or Nouvelle Droite, a pan-European 
far-right school of thought that originated in France in the late 1960s, 
has been a source of ideological inspiration for the far right in Europe 
and more recently in the United States. ENR thinkers typically oppose 
liberal democracy, multiculturalism, and socialism alike.

The main leader of the movement is the French intellectual Alain De 
Benoist. And what is striking is that De Benoist learned from his enemy, 
finding inspiration in the work of Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci and 
his writings on “cultural hegemony.”

Gramsci argued ideological wins precede political wins. He understood 
that Marxists were failing to overthrow the bourgeoisie because they 
hadn’t gained control of the culture. The support of the people must be 
gained first, Gramsci argued, and the best way to achieve that is to 
slowly change their ideas, values, culture, and worldview.

De Benoist interpreted Gramsci’s writings through a far-right lens and 
advanced this notion of “right-wing Gramscianism” which targeted the 
universalist and egalitarian values of liberalism and socialism.

Through a think tank called the Groupement de Recherche et d’Etudes pour 
la Civilisation Européenne (the European Civilization Study and Research 
Group – GRECE), New Right thinkers have aimed at shaping and cultivating 
a counter hegemonic conception of the world. They have been publishing 
intellectual journals and hosting conferences and debates throughout Europe.


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